An adaptation village is a systematic support to communities that aims at training, technology transfer and skills development for purposes of driving climate change resilience at community level.
The system enables the communities to cope with emerging trends implicated by climate change.
NEMA has established 50 Adaptation Villages in 14 Counties spread across the country. Each of the Counties has one or more programme which are implemented by each of the ten executing entities.
The Counties includes; Embu, Garissa, Kajiado, Kilifi, Homabay, Kitui, Kisumu, Kwale, Laikipia, Machakos, Makueni, Marsabit, Muranga, Taita Taveta and Wajir
An adaptation village consists of the following; a salarised borehole, elevated water tanks, water kiosk, sanitation block, community training hall and a demonstration site.
The village acts as a centre for transfer of knowledge and expertise to the community to help them adapt to climate change.
The Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Keriako Tobiko led an inspection exercise in one of the adaptation villages in Mashuuru, Kajiado County.
CS Tobiko urged the locals to prioritize environmental protection and integrate it into their 'maasai' culture. He opined that environmental degradation has been an issue in the larger Kajiado County and the communities need to take charge of their environment.
Speaking during the inspection exercise, NEMA Chairman, Eric Mungai stated that NEMA will build the capacity of the community around the Adaptation Village in Mashuuru to enable them learn from other successful projects countrywide and improve their livelihoods through integration of pastoralism and farming.
The NEMA Director General, Mamo B. Mamo was represented by the NIE Coordinator, Wangare Kirumba who stated that the Authority has established 50 Adaptation Villages in 14 Counties in Kenya through adaptation fund program.
"The projects are not only about water provision but also knowledge transfer on how to adapt to climate change by improving communities' livelihoods," NIE Coordinator Wangare Kirumba.
The borehole drilled at Mashuuru has a capacity to produce 24 cubic meters of water that is sufficient for the locals needs. The water together with other infrastructure of the project will enable the locals to water their animals as well as undertake farming.